Medically Supervised Weight Loss FAQ
1) What kind of "diet" are you going to put me on?
All our plans are individualized to you and your weight loss goals. Our ultimate goal is to not "put you on a diet," but teach you how to implement simple changes to promote a healthy eating lifestyle that will have a significant effect on your weight loss.
2) OK, but what if I want to fast-track my initial weight loss?
You could follow Dr. Simeon's HCG plan, a meal replacement plan, or a regular food plan. We may suggest metabolic and nutritional supplements to enhance weight loss and energy levels. We offer physician-only meal replacement systems and pharmaceutical grade vitamin and supplement products; these are superior grade Nutraceuticals with high quality protein and vitamins (Uscriptives). You may be prescribed an FDA-approved medical weight loss medications (if you are deemed a good candidate).
3) Am I going to be hungry?
We don't want you to be hungry! Hunger can be a natural response to not eating the right amount of food or not eating the right kind of food. However, when someone is overweight, it frequently occurs as a result of impaired food metabolism. This constant hunger can sabotage even the most serious weight loss efforts. Hunger can be combated with a diet that does not cause insulin spikes and subsequent drop in blood sugar. When your body’s leptin (leptin is a hormone that reduces appetite) is no longer functioning efficiently, hunger is a frequent result. Over time, as you lose body fat, you will be much for satisfied with healthy, nutritious meals. We want you to be satisfied, feel good, and have energy, as well as make this process as easy as possible for you.
4) What are lipotropic injections?
Methionine Inositol Choline (MIC) Injections, also referred to as "Lipo Injections," are used to help release fat throughout the body by specifically targeting its primary fatty deposits. Lipotropic, or fat burning substances include: inositol, which helps the liver remove fat; choline, which distributes cholesterol and prevents it from getting deposited in one part of the body; and methionine, which is similar to inositol, but also amplifies the combination. Injections can be administered up to twice a week, and vitamin B-12 is purported by practitioners and users to help accelerate metabolic processes, while creating a greater feeling of overall energy. Since lipotropics directly aid in the breakdown of fatty tissue, and are also closely related to B vitamins, when used together, they are thought to intensify each others' effects and are usually injected together as part of the same treatment injection cycle.
Cyanocobalamin (Vitamin B-12): This vitamin plays a significant role in the replication of DNA, the normal functioning of the nervous system, and the formation of blood cells. The vitamin B-12 injection has been shown to provide these key benefits: boosts energy and overall metabolic rate; assists in the burning of stored body fat; detoxifies the body; increases red blood cell production; maintains a healthy liver; helps regulate sleep, mood, appetite and energy; works synergistically with other nutrients to improve health; and slows aging.
5) Are there side effects to MIC and B-12 injections?
Like with any supplement or medication, there may be side effects that can occur. Side effects to the injections are generally minimal and people usually tolerate them well, such as: mild redness, burning, or swelling at the injection site; stomach upset, mild nausea, mild diarrhea owing to the sudden boost in minerals and nutrients; possible headaches and lightheadedness.
These symptoms should resolve fairly quickly. It is rare to experience allergies to vitamins and nutrients: itching, hives, shortness of breath, wheezing, swelling of the tongue, throat, or mouth. The onset of allergy symptoms may reveal a serious underlying issue, and you will need to see your primary care physician for further testing.
6) What is the HCG plan?
HCG diet was developed in 1954 by Dr. Albert Simeon for weight loss for most healthy adult women and healthy adult males. HCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin) is a naturally occurring hormone helps control the hypothalamus which regulates our hunger and eating behavior. With the help of HCG, the hypothalamus will also release any abnormal fat accumulated throughout the body, making it available for our body to use. In order to be successful with this program, strict compliance is key. You will be giving yourself daily injections (23 total). While you give yourself these injections, and for 3 days after your injections, you will be on a very low calorie diet (500 calories/day). While on this diet, the patients on HCG use their own mobilized fat as their source of energy. However, if you are on a very low calorie diet without HCG, you will simply starve yourself with serious consequences. You will need to weigh yourself daily after your treatment cycle. In the following 3 weeks, more foods are allowed, except for sugar and starch, which are slowly reintroduced into the diet in small quantities over the next 3 weeks.
7) Are there side effects to the HCG?
Side effects may include: irregular menses, migraine headaches, temporary hair loss, plantar fasciitis, periodontal disease, and rare allergic reaction or edema. Females will need to use a second form of birth control during treatment.
8) Is HCG contraindicated for anyone?
Patients who have the following medical conditions, including but not limited to: diabetes, congestive heart failure, coronary artery disease, gout, fibroids, endometriosis, cancer, polycystic ovary syndrome, severe systemic illness, blood disorders, pregnancy, breastfeeding, respiratory diseases (such as COPD, asthma), seizures, biliary colic and gallstones. There is also no data on the effects of future fertility (development of HCG antibodies leading to miscarriage).
9) I need to just start and lose this excess weight. Give me an idea of the cost?
Plans are individualized for each patient and cost far less than the current cookie-cutter "as seen on TV" programs.
Conventional plans: start at $200, then $80 per follow up visit.
HCG diet: starts at $400 (one cycle).
Lipotropic injections: can be packaged and are priced competitively.
Nutriceuticals, supplements and meal replacements: based on manufacturer
Outside laboratory testing, if needed, is not included in pricing.